Friday, October 31, 2014

Bridget Riley Inspired Dress

     I found this vintage bed sheet at an amazing local retail store that I love! Isn't it all kinds of awesome! This store has new clothing, bags, socks, kid stuff, vintage clothing, cards, jewelry, everything I love!

 They seem to have looked into my brain, because I love everything in that place!

 This store is called called Moxie. Unfortunately they are closing their doors  after the first of the year to take on other life adventures.... so sad, but I understand. Life goes on! Check out MOXIE !!! At least you can enjoy this wonderful store for a little bit longer!

As soon as I saw that sheet a lightbulb appeared over my head, and I purchased that sheet as fast as I could say OP ART!

I teach high school art, and I do a unit on POP, and OP art. This will be perfect for that unit. I have to turn it into some kind of clothing though. It would get very messy as a table cloth, and I don't think my administrators would appreciate my toga wrapping skills.

Here's a little info on a living breathing wonderful OP artist! (Op is short for optical FYI)

Bridget Riley :
  1. Bridget Louise Riley CH CBE is an English painter who is one of the foremost exponents of op art. She currently lives and works in London, Cornwall, and France. Wikipedia
  2. BornApril 24, 1931 (age 83), London, United Kingdom
  3. PeriodsHard-edge painting, Modern art, Op art
  4. EducationRoyal College of Art (1952–1955), More
  5. BooksBridget RileyThe eye's mind               ( Hey look you learned something)

Bridget Riley ROCKS!

Look into my will learn about OP WILL learn about  OP Art.....

So off I went to find a free dress pattern. I settled on the same one I used for the Green Skully Dress found on I have a few freebies from both burdastyle, and  Check 'em out. They are super cool websites for anyone who's crafty, or wants to be. (Maybe they'll see my plug, and give me some royalties) or a free pattern :)

I cut, and pinned, and sewed, and adjusted, and pinned, and sewed,,,,, and I have this so far...
(lovely shot of my make-shift dress form, and basement studio!)

More cutting, and Pinning, and adjusting....

Pin. Sew. Hem.

I sewed on the bottom, and finished it all up!
Can you see me, or am I an OPTICAL ILLUSION!

Perfect for My Op art Unit!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wait....That bag is HOW MUCH?

My husband and I were meeting some besties (Kelly and Mike) for a lovely weekend lunch in the big city, and we decided to wander through Nordstrom since we were a bit early. I saw this cute clutch, and I thought "How adorable"!
I picked it up, saw the price, and almost threw it across the mall like it was a bag o' poo on fire!

I'll get to the price in one second....
So cute! It looks like an owl right? Or possibly a "Skecksie"

                                                      This is a"Skecksie". (The Dark Crystal)
                                                Ya Know Jim Henson!!! Puppets!! I love it!!

I digress......

It's a real live Fendi bag.
Can you see the price?

O.K.....lemme get closer

Can you see it now?

Uhhhhh... Skecksie say WHAT? 

I don't have that kinda dough to spend on a purse....though I love me some new bags!

If you have $2500.00 laying around, give it to me, and I'll make you a clutch even betttah! 

This Fendi sparked my creative drive, and now I was on a mission...
 but first a cool photo op, and yummy lunch!

Hey, Kenny, stand in this doorway...yes, that one...move a little to your left...a bit more... STOP!

My hubs in a cool doorway.

Alright, it's time for lunch!
The four of us went to Slurping Turtle.

Ceviche. Yes please. 
Or, "CeRviche" says Kelly and Mike! I love you two!

Croquettes....uh huh!

This....forgot the name....yummy.

Duck fat fried chicken...winner

Spicy Ramen! It just kept coming!!

Tuna Avocado YUM!

Red bean ice cream!

Black sesame ice cream!

Quail egg, coconut milk shooter.
Needless to say, we stuffed ourselves happy!
One of the best meals of my life!
After lunch we had to walk off some of that goodness!
Kenny found a cool fine arts building with personal art studios and awesomeness!
It was open to the public, so we decided to walk around and check out some cool art!

Eyeball flower.


O.K. Back to the purse......
I found a great peach colored vintage purse for $9.00.
I still had some of the pleather from THIS refashion.
so I hot glued it under the snap closure.

I  purchased some metallic fabric for $6.00. I purchased half of a yard, because it was really cool, and I'm sure I'll use it for something else. I traced the shape of the triangular flap, cut it out and hot glued the fabric to the purse. I probably used less than $1.50.

This is what it looks like so far... not too shabby...

I found some sparkly buttons from my bin-o-buttons.
I sewed them on for the eyeballs.

Look at those sparklers!

Sew on the eyeballs!
I sewed on the eyeballs.

I found a scrap of red leather, and some feathers, that I think will complete the bag nicely.
 Break out the  HOT GLUE!!!!

Glued on the detail.

I glued some feathers to scraps of the red leather, and then attached the scraps to the purse.

Do you see the problem? Or, rather my purse CAN'T see the problem!
The feathers cover up those peepers completely!

So, off they came.....and back on they went.

Fendi clutch = $2, 450.00

Lisa's clutch= $10.50

Which price do you prefer?

Purse- 9.00 Vintage
 Silver Fabric- $1.50 if that.
  Miscelaneous items- Free

That's a better deal! And, I made it myself!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Art Teacher Dress No. 2!

      I splurged and bought some fabric from a great fabric website a couple weeks ago.  I went to This website is amazing, it has fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap that's all customizable! One particular artist had a "Mona Lisa" print available! I couldn't pass it up. I'm an ART teacher AND my name is LISA!!!! Crazy!

I took the fabric into my beloved basement studio and got to work.
I layed the fabric RSF (right side facing), and, nice and flat.
Then I traced a free T-Shirt Pattern, but made it as long as the fabric would allow, snipped it out, and sewed it up!.

I decided to use red thread. Why? you might ask? Well... because I can. 

I sewed it all up with a twice rolled hem, so it would be sturdy. I've never worked with this kind 
of knit before, and it was a bit tricky. I used my universal sewing machine needle, but I probably should have invested into a needle for knits. I will try that in the future. 

My students white and black charcoal skull drawings in the background make a nice backdrop!

Ta Daaaa!

This dress can double as a Halloween costume! 
If you want to check out the first Art Teacher Dress I made, click HERE

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gold and Black Dress

     I scored this gold and black dress for $1.23 at the Goodwill 123 sale.
You just can't beat that price! The dress fit nicely, but it was UUUUUGGGLYY!

It came with a vest attached!

I saw this gold and black dress in a magazine, and its currently at Target via Altuzarra. I thought to myself..."Self, you can make something like that!" 
I was also inspired by the textures on Adele's long sleeved number.


I cut that weird vest off and sewed the neck together. I thought it would make a cute 'dress up' vest for my kid. I was right! She immediately busted some killer dance moves. My hubs even got in on the dance action.

My kids got the moves! 

The length of this dress was awkward, to say the least. A much needed trim was in order!
Snip! Trim!
Hem it up! 
This fabric is gauzy, stretchy, and very hard to work with.
 Sewing up that bottom hem took close to forever!

I took that bottom scrap and tied it around my waist for a belt. The fabric has some nice stretch to it, so it worked perfectly!
I added my vintage gold brooch, and gold hoop earrings to bring out the simple and sweet gold trim around the neckline

My daughter was my photographer, and we had fun!!
(I'm sure you like the background shot of my garage, and her chalk artwork)

I love this dress! It's flattering, and comfy! My two favorite things!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stripey Tee to Hi-Lo Top

I've had this tee for a couple of years, and I hardly wear it. I knew that I had to make it into something FAB! After I saw the shirt sitting there, I knew what I needed to do.

Do you remember this dress? If you don't you can check it out HERE.

I still had the bottom scrap from that dress. It was enough fabric to create little sleeves, and attach a HI-LO bottom.

I got to work trimming enough fabric for the little sleeve additions, and cutting the bottom for that Hi-Lo effect.

I pinned it all together and sewed it all up!

Side note: I ended up sewing the bottom three times. I sewed it on the wrong side, then I didn't stretch the t-shirt fabric enough. Third time's the charm! I finally got it right. Whew! 

New and improved T-Shirt!

Welcome to my Art room!!!

I got a little chilly. Add a scarf!